For the 4th of July, the Tokyo American Club decided to feature some of its organizers, using the American flag as a backdrop. For these portraits, an enormous flag was suspended first in a giant dining room of the American Club, and then in a badminton court! I found that, by back-lighting the flag, I was able to create a much nicer texture than by simply lighting it from in front. There is something magical about the American flag, the colors are very cheerful; and it almost seems that no matter what you juxtapose with the flag, an interesting visual relationship is established.